Unhinged (Splintered#2)

Unhinged (Splintered, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Splintered

Synopsis:

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

Thoughts:

It had been a while since I had read Splintered which is A.G Howard’s twisted reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. So it was with much trepidation that I picked up Unhinged. Now I’m wondering why it took me SO long to read it. It didn’t let me down and now I can’t wait to read Ensnared. I shall be reading it ASAP!

Unhinged follows Alyssa one year after her adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa is drawn back into that crazy world into a battle against the Red Queen. Most of Unhinged takes place in Alyssa’s ‘normal’ world, but much of the Wonderland Weirdness seeps through into Alyssa’s life. I absolutely adored the character of Morpheus in Unhinged. He’s as intriguing as ever as he tries to encourage Alyssa to return to Wonderland.

I can’t express how much I enjoyed reading this book. I loved how the normal and the weird entwined. I loved learning more about Alyssa’s family. I feel like all of the characters developed well within this book. I feel like I know them really well now and want to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m torn between Jeb and Morpheus. Both are wonderfully written male characters.

A.G Howard’s writing is just so easy to read. It’s imaginative, original and paints such a vivid picture for the reader. Her characters pull you in and keep you turning the pages!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, well written addition to the Splintered series!

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Dorothy Must Die

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

Thoughts:

I have been wanting to read Dorothy Must Die for quite some time now, so when Luna picked it as a suggestion for my July reads, I snapped it up! Dorothy Must Die is an intriguing read set in Oz, but not the Oz we know. It’s no longer full of wonder. It’s hellish. Oz is ruled by Dorothy, but not Dorothy as we know her. There are also some other familiar characters that have radically changed in this strange but creative version of Oz.

I loved how in this reimagining of Oz, Dorothy was a completely different character. The laws she has laid down are ridiculous and Oz isn’t the magical place it’s known for.  Our main character, Amy Gumm trains with the Revolutionary Order of The Wicked in order to be ready to assassinate Dorothy. There’s a love interest in the form of Nox. Whilst it’s not the most ‘real’ romance, it’s enjoyable enough. I do think that Dorothy Must Die was a book that didn’t necessarily need a love interest in order for it to be successful.

I thought the characters were well imagined. They’re very realistic. It was intriguing to read about Dorothy in a completely different light. At times I thought she came across as a bit bratty rather than evil though, but the evilness could develop more in the next instalment.

Dorothy Must Die isn’t a small book. It’s quite a chunky story in fact. I did find the middle section, where Amy is training a bit slow. However, there are some very exciting moments during the book and it’s definitely worth checking out.  I feel in some ways that Dorothy Must Die seemed to be focussed on setting up for the sequel. The ending was particularly promising, so it’ll be interesting to see how the story unfolds.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars

A very intriguing dive into a different Oz! Perfect for fans of reimaginings!